My Pick of TEFL Training in Prague

Well, I did my homework – or at least, enough that I felt ready to finally set researching aside, and look at the information I’d gathered on the eight courses I’d reviewed. Once I looked at what I’d found as a whole, selecting which course to go with was easy.

I picked The Language House TEFL program, though it was a close one with TEFL Worldwide Prague for a while there. Both offered what I was looking for in regards to job assistance and the support of a community of alumni, but in the end it was The Language House that made an effort not just to contact me, but to answer my questions and make me feel comfortable asking more. If I can sense the feeling of community all the way over here, I have great confidence that this network of people can help me through making this mind-boggling change in my life. And I look forward to helping others as well, once I’m in a position to share what I’ll have learned.

The application process was simple enough, I just filled out a quick form on the website and received an automatic email requesting my CV and instructions on setting up a phone interview. But because I had already spoken with Emori, the director of the program, Chris, let me know that all they would need is my CV. I polished it up and sent it off, and fortunately having a bachelor’s degree is useful at times (whether it’s worth the twenty grand in student debt, I’ve yet to decide) and I was accepted readily.

They sent me a helpful brochure of information on what I need to do before leaving, and how they prepare students for the course beforehand. Additionally, Chris asks all the accepted students to add him on Facebook, and he told me this morning that he’ll be setting up a Facebook group for the November 2015 TEFL students, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them early on and sharing my plan with them as well.

I’m just days away from paying the 300 Euro deposit with The Language House – the only reason I haven’t paid already is I’m waiting on PayPal to confirm my bank account first. I’m oddly anticipating the moment I finally slide over that chunk of my savings, as if paying the course deposit will make it real. The Plan, the List, all of this has just been talk up until this point. And as terrified as I am, I want to put my money where my mouth is and finally have something to show for all this research. An acceptance letter is good, a secured place in the course is better, and a plane ticket would be best.

…Speaking of airfare, that’s a topic for another post I think!

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Little Czech List – Prague TEFL by Language & Training s.r.o.

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Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Amusing, but $1600 is a hefty punchline”

Course Dates:

November 16 – December 11 2015

Prices:

1150 Euros

Accommodation Prices:

Apartments:

Shared appartment 330 EUR per person, per room
Shared appartment 460 EUR per couple in shared room

Price For Me:

$1636USD

Accommodation Details:

“2 single rooms in a 3 + 1 flat, with a fully equipped kitchen, shower and separate toilet. There is a living room connected to the kitchen, and 2 separate rooms. There is no TV and no washing machine. There are public laundromats in Prague. There is no internet, but there is wi-fi and computers at the school which opens at 8.00 a.m. with the courses start at 10 am. …The journey from the accommodation to the school takes about 30 minutes by public transport.”

Accreditation:

Front page says: “the TEFL/TESOL Certificate course is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education and is externally moderated by one of the most prestigious TEFL certification bodies in the world.”

…the link leads to their Course Validation page, which then says nothing at all about the Czech Ministry of Education, and only says provides the following certification:

TEFL International Certification

Accredited by: “TEFL  International is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious certificate providers with training centres in over 20 countries around the world. Each course is externally moderated by TEFL International head office to ensure the required standards are met.”

No links provided for reference or verification…

BUT then I found the “About TEFL International” page and the plot thickens! I found a nice description but not a single outside link. I get the weird feeling ‘TEFL International’ actually owns ‘TEFL Prague Language & Training’ and simply accredits itself from the “external” source of  Brian the moderator.

After all, it’s like they said themselves on their own Validation page, “there is no enforced  standard for TEFL certification; anyone can open a school and print out a certificate for a fee.”

Well put! Exactly why potential students should be careful and thorough when choosing a certification course.

Job Assistance:

“We have an extensive network of language school contacts in Prague, throughout Central & Eastern Europe, and our TEFL International network spans the globe. We can easily put you in touch with our sister schools in the 20 countries where TEFL International has a presence. During the course you will obtain:

  • Access to country-specific information on teaching conditions, living standards and key contacts
  • First-hand experience from your trainers about teaching in the Czech Republic, Italy, USA, UK, Spain, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
  • An extensive list of language schools for the location of your choice worldwide
  • Information on re-locating overseas, e.g. what you need to know about visa and immigration affairs, setting up a business, working freelance, basic facts about taxation and health insurance
  • Contacts to real estate agents and affordable housing providers (for those staying in the Czech Republic and Central & Eastern Europe)
  • Access to teacher networking groups to foster your professional development in teaching”

There is also a “Job Guarantee” page that is completely blank. Perhaps a tongue in cheek metaphor about the insubstantial nature of such guarantees? Touché, TEFL Prague, touché.

Visa Support:

…the page is also completely blank. Metaphor is not quite as amusing as the last.

Course Hours/Details:

4 week course

  • Course Price page says: 120 hours, 12+ hours teaching practice
  • Course Overview page says: 130 hours, 6 hours teaching practice minimum

“Course Components:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Language Awareness
  • Materials Assignment
  • Foreign Language Practice
  • Lessons Observations
  • Teaching Practice with Children”

Graduate Resources:

A page of video testimonials, no contact information provided anywhere.

Little things:

  • Free tea and coffee( !! ALRIGHT now we’re talking! …they didn’t specify any limits. How much free coffee are we talking? This could be the one y’all. This could be the one.)
  • Free breakfast during first day
  • Quick trip to Prague city center & dinner at the school on first day
  • General “Living in Prague” advice session
  • Plan of public transit in Prague

CZECHLISTED!

Well, lots of problems with this one, unfortunately. I could really use free coffee for a month! But the lack of external links, no graduate contact info, the odd feeling that they are certifying themselves, the 30 minute commute from the apartments to the school, the vague promise of job guidance foiled against the somewhat sinister blank Job Guarantee and Visa Support pages… no, no, no thank you.

Little Czech List – TEFL in Prague by EDUA

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Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Not convinced!”

Course Dates:

November 23 2015 – December 18 2015

Prices:

1150 Euros ($1285USD)

400 Euro deposit ($445USD – part of overall price to be paid after application’s acceptance)

“Early bird offer: pay full course fee (900 EUR + accommodation) ($1005USD) now and enjoy huge savings. Offer is valid on all courses starting from July 2015. Valid only till 12/31/2015.”

Accommodation Prices:

350 Euros ($390USD)

Price For Me:

$1675USD or $1395USD with the ‘early bird offer’

Accommodation Details:

“Each TEFL trainee has his/her own bedroom (with provided bedding); only the kitchen and bathroom are shared.” 30 nights + 9 free extra, either before or after the course

Accreditation:

IATQuO (International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations)

Job Assistance:

Job Guarantee –

“The job guarantee is based on the grade system for the TEFL course. TEFL in Prague by Edua Languages awards the following passing grades: PASS 1 (excellent pass), PASS 2 (good pass), and PASS 3 (basic pass), with PASS 3 being the lowest passing grade.

  • Those who receive a PASS 1 and are legally employable in the Czech Republics (are EU citizens or have obtained the work visa) will receive a full-time job guarantee with EDUA Group.
  • Those who receive a PASS 2 will be considered for a full-time position following the course, depending on current hiring needs, and will be offered employment upon a successful interview with the academic staff.
  • Those who receive a PASS 3 and those who do not pass the course have no job guarantee. However, we will give you at least a few tips what to do and how to kick off your teaching career in the Czech Republic.
  • Apply for one of the upcoming TEFL courses and you can secure a job as an English teacher already today!”

A little about the EDUA group:
“…the biggest private group providing complete education that aims to offer every customer the widest possible range of top quality education to meet their needs and wishes. ”

I wanted to know more, but the link to the EDUA group references appears to be broken.

Visa Support:

“We are here to help you with all the requirements so that you are eligible for a long-term visa on the basis of a trade certificate and can stay in the Czech Republic for as long as you wish. Assistance with visas is provided by our visa team directly and you can turn to us for help at any time or pay us a call directly in the building. No external agency, as our team is always at your direct disposal.”

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks, 7-8 hours observed teaching practice

Course Syllabus

Graduate Resources:

Some brief testimonials with no contact information

Little things:

  • “Free Czech lessons
  • Map of Prague
  • Prague public transport card
  • Czech-yourself program
  • Extra 9 Nights Accommodations”

CZECHLISTED!

The price is reasonable – really reasonable with the ‘early bird’ offer – but I’d really rather not be limited to working for one particular school (the mysterious EDUA Group) that I know nothing about – and couldn’t even find more than a sentence or two about. Although one IATQuO accredited TEFL certificate may be as good as the next one, this school will not be offering the job assistance and networking with potential employers that I really want.

If they really want to sell me their course, they’d have to convince me I’d like working for them as a teacher as well as being their student. I’m not convinced!

Little Czech List – Hello Academies/Smaller Earth

        

Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Temptingly Affordable…but not enough!” 

Course Dates:

November 16th 2015

Price:

$1600 (includes accommodation)

…Unless you look at their page on Smaller Earth (parent company located in the UK), in which case it’s £939 ($1445USD). Not sure how to take advantage of the lower price, but interesting…

Price For Me:

$1600USD

(Unless I pay in British pounds?)

Accommodation Details:

At a place called Student Republic

“The Metro and Tram stops to downtown are conveniently located right outside your door. You will be living in Prague 6 right next to the metro Dejvicka and our housing is only 5 minutes from downtown. Housing also includes all utilities and internet. Amenities include 24/7 on-site security, restaurant, cafeteria, two pubs, and fitness center”

Accreditation:

IATQuO (International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations)

Job Assistance:

“During the course you will attend interview workshops, meet with employers of top language schools located in Prague, and see sample TEFL resumes to get you prepared for the job application process.

Throughout the course current job postings will be uploaded to the TEFL Facebook group on a daily basis to give you first-hand access to what is available.

The Hello Academy in Prague is unique in that it has several partnerships throughout Prague and the surrounding cities with local businesses, high schools, preschools, and private schools.”

Visa Support:

“Hello Academies partners with Ripofim Law Agency. They have English speaking employees, an excellent track record of obtaining visas, and great customer service.

During the first week of the course a representative from Ripofim will come to your class and explain to you all of your different options for legally living and working in the Czech Republic.”

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks, 110 hour course, 10 hours teaching practice

“Throughout the course there are several different assignments. You must complete the pre-departure grammar packet, a grammar quiz, an individual learner profile, a materials assignment, and the final grammar test. The TEFL course works on a pass/fail system.”

Graduate Resources:

Provided a link to TEFL Course reviews on GoOverseas.com, a lot of reviews but I didn’t see any means of contact at a glance. Could warrant further investigation?

Little things:

  • One month metro pass
  • 24/7 on-site assistance
  • Survival Czech lessons
  • Welcome dinner and graduation celebration
  • Local cultural excursions to a sporting event and castle

CZECHLISTED!

A bit confusing to research this one, as there were two sites to look over – a US version called ‘Hello Academies‘ and a UK one called ‘Smaller Earth‘. After some exploration, they seem to be the same except for the price (see above), and that Hello Academies is simply a smaller branch specific to TEFL in Prague, owned by Smaller Earth, which has many different tourist/work/live abroad programs.

Everything seemed decent and in order, the price is great, but the lack of contact information for graduates as well as the brevity of information about course content, job assistance, and visa support gives me pause. Everything looks very polished and bit too “tourist”y for my taste, as I’m not looking for a vacation – they aren’t calling it a vacation of course, but they did a good job making it look like one! Regardless of the price, I’d rather go with a course that is a little more thorough and clear on what kind of job support they provide, and what is in the course, rather than just a really clean looking website with photos of very happy people.

Overall, the price is great, but I think I’d rather pay a little more to feel absolutely sure I’m not getting into a course where I’ll be left on my own to sink or swim afterwards. Assurance of post-course assistance trumps saving a hundred bucks!

A Phone Call With a TEFL Grad

Having just got off the phone with a graduate of the TEFL certification program at The Language House, I’ve decided to write up my thoughts in a quick blog post so I don’t forget the important bits.

The phone call came about after I received an email from Chris Westergaard, the director/owner of The Language House, who saw my blog post on his school and offered to answer any questions I might have as well as putting me in touch with Emori Medeiros (emori@thelanguagehouse.net), a former graduate and current employee of The Language House (as a teacher trainee observer). We set up a time to chat on the phone (this morning) and talked for about thirty minutes, she was incredibly helpful and is definitely someone I feel comfortable reaching out to again with any future questions.

I’m just going to write out my thoughts in bullet format as that easiest for me.

Airfare

  • Buy as early as possible (my plan is to after I’ve received confirmation on being accepted into a TEFL program).
  • Check out either skyscanner.com or momondo.com for flight deals

Accomodations

  • Located near the school by public transport, in central Prague
  • Living-preference surveys will be sent out a month beforehand to smooth out roommate selection, for those staying in the student housing
  • Most students do choose to stay in the housing, and are usually grouped in the same building together facilitating easy access to each other, most people become fast friends thrown together into a  new place like this
  • Usually 18-25 students per a course, towards the lower end in winter and higher in the summer

Job Assistance

  • Most graduates find a job within 2 weeks of finishing the course, if not sooner
  • Depending on how comfortable you are handing out your resume early, some TEFL students are hired for jobs before they’re even done with the course
  • There is typically a facebook group formed for each graduating class of students in which a Language House staff member will post jobs, and people use it beyond the scope of the course as well to contact each other for both social and employment opportunities
  • Often people choose to tutor privately on the side and there is no shortage of students

Finances Starting Out

  • Including the price of the course (but not the deposit), Emori figured $3000USD would be enough to get a person started with a new life in Prague with minimal discomfort. This 3 grand would cover the remainder of the course fee, the course housing, finding an apartment after and paying the deposit and first month’s rent in advance (which is the standard practice in Prague), food and living necessities.
  • She mentioned graduates never have any issues finding a place to live (a big relief to me, as finding an apartment here in Austin has been nightmarish at times!) and that most pay around $350USD a month
  • Most teaching jobs pay once a month, and without an advance, so it is best to be prepared to have enough cash to support yourself for the duration of the course as well as one month after

Visas

  • The Language House works with a visa assistance company called CZ VISA that helps you with the visa process from start to finish.
  • Students can choose to pay for visa assistance services at a discounted rate, arranged by the school
  • Overall costs around $300USD for all the fees to obtain the visa, as well as for the assistance from the visa support company
  • The only step that can be taken before coming to Prague is to obtain a letter from a US bank that certifies you have $6000USD in an account under your name
    •  It is acceptable to borrow the money, get the letter, and then return it.
    • Get this letter around a month before leaving for Prague
    • Make sure it is signed in blue ink
    • Must be folded seven times under a full moon and kept locked in a box of iron (…just kidding. But not about the blue ink, apparently).

The Language House vs Other TEFL Programs

  • As a Language House grad, she felt that her school had a few things special about it that makes in stand apart. Primarily she emphasized the feeling of community amongst grads and the Language School staff, that they form a network of support for all the students.
  • The Language House also gives students more hours of teaching practice with Czech students – twice the average of most programs in Prague
  • I asked Emori what she thought of TEFL Worldwide Prague in particular, as that is the other school I’m most interested in, and she agreed that they are a good school and on the same level as The Language House. They are another school that gives extra teaching practice hours
  • She also mentioned that although it might not mean much to me yet, location makes a difference as well.
    • TEFL Worldwide is located in Prague 8 – an outer district of the city
    • The Language House is located in Prague 1 (with housing in Prague 2) which is more central to the city

Though it was only a thirty minute phone call, I feel confident I could ask Emori a great number more questions and she’d only have more answers for me. I really appreciate her and The Language House taking the time to contact me and answer my questions, and am happy to be considering them as a launching pad into my new life as an English teacher in 2016.

Little Czech List – ITTT TEFL Prague

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Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Meh?” 

Course Dates:

16 November – 11 December 2015

Prices:

$600USD Deposit + 1150 Euro Remainder

Total of: 1678 Euros, or $1910USD

Accommodation Prices:

300 Euros (and Up)

Price For Me:

$2210USD(+)

Accommodation Details:

“You can choose between an apartment and a room in a pension. The apartment and pension options are the same price and offer relatively low cost…and are located relatively close to the TEFL training centre.”

Accreditation:

Fort Hays State University

OTTSA (Online TEFL & TESOL Standards Agency)

Job Assistance:

Only two mentions of job assistance specifically – First I found in the FAQ under what the course fee covers, “This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.”

Second was in the Course Features listing, “We offer lifetime job support at no additional charge”

No details available about what ‘lifetime job support’ actually entails and how it’s implemented.

However, they do appear to have a fairly active Job Board for the Czech Republic as well as for pretty much everywhere else in the world.

Visa Support:

None mentioned

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks 120(+) hours, 6-10 teaching practice

“The course is divided into six main areas:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Foreign Language Experience
  • Language Awareness
  • Student Profile
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Materials Project”

Graduate Resources:

Only potential resource I found was their facebook page with some video blogs from ITTT students. Still I could possibly find some ITTT-Prague grads if I looked hard enough, maybe.

Little things:

  • “We provide an airport greeting and transfer service in locations where it is possible
  • We include a welcome meal and excursions
  • Our training centres provide computer and internet facilities”

CZECHLISTED!

While they appear to be a legitimate course (so far as I could tell), I wasn’t too impressed by the website – very sparse on the details, a lot of generalizations and vague statements. While the job board seemed awesome, everything else felt lacking. Accommodations were described so vaguely they could be anything, the promise of job assistance felt nebulous, visa support couldn’t be found, the accreditation is questionable – and they want me to pay how much? No thank you!

…though I might be back to look at that job board. Just sayin’.

Little Czech List – Language Corps

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Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Only if I’m desperate!”

Course Dates:

“To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.”

Does not actually list any start dates.

Prices:

$1995USD

Accommodation Prices:

“Shared apartment accommodations are available near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately US$390 to $535.”

Price For Me:

$2385-2530USD

Accommodation Details:

Pre-arranged, one bedroom in shared furnished apartment with other trainees. Not a lot of specific details – how far from the school? Wifi? No photos or average prices listed.

Accreditation:

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited (see here)

“BBB has determined that LanguageCorps, Inc. meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.”

Job Assistance:

One mention on the front page:

“The TESOL Certification Program includes:

  • TESOL Certification Program
  • Job placement assistance”

Visa Support:

No mention

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks, 140 hours, 6 hours teaching practice

“In addition to classroom instruction in effective EFL teaching principles and techniques, you will learn how to plan lessons, conduct effective classroom activities, and implement what you have learned in practice teaching sessions with local EFL students.”

No other details listed

Graduate Resources:

None found, but there was a page of “Teacher Blogs” – graduates who keep blogs that they’ve linked to. I could potentially contact some graduates this way.

Little things:

None really mentioned.

CZECHLISTED! 

Language Corps is a big program with multiple schools in many countries, so I could understand a lack of specifics listed on their main pages. But they went through the trouble of making a section special for each school, and then forgot to include any of the details! Doesn’t mean they’re a scam necessarily, but I’d rather go to a smaller school that isn’t fighting other branches for resources with a big company. Plus the price is a bit high, for no reason that I can see. Job assistance and visa support are really important, and were barely addressed. For all these reasons, I say – not for me, thank you! I’ve got better options on the horizon.

Little Czech List – TEFL Worldwide Prague

Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Looks legit, I’m considerin’ it!” 

Course Dates:

November 16-December 11 2015

Prices:

1300 Euros ($1480USD)

300 Euro Desposit (to be paid after application accepted, still part of total tuition)

Accommodation Prices:

Private Apartment: 10500 CZK/mo ($435USD)

Private Room: 8500 CZK/mo (in shared apt) ($350USD)

Shared Room: 6500 CZK/mo (according to availability) ($270USD)

Homestay:  8500 CZK/mo (prices vary) ($350USD)

Price For Me:

$1750USD

Accommodation Details:

“Most of the private rooms are within a 10 minute walking distance to the school. A few are about 20 minutes and it’s necessary to take the metro just 2 or 3 stops from our school stop.”

Wifi?

Accreditation:

IATQuO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations)

Czech Ministry of Education

Job Assistance:

“Course Includes:

  • Upon enrollment to the program we immediately start looking for jobs for you.
  • We provide CV and Cover Letter Assistance.
  • Tips for interviewing.
  • Contacts with TEFL Worldwide Alumni working all over the world so you can connect with them for advice.
  • TEFL Worldwide cooperates with a network of language schools in Prague who hire our graduates every month so it’s easy to find teaching jobs here.
  • If you are interested in working outside of the Czech Republic we are also in contact with thousands of language schools worldwide about their current job openings so you’ll have dozens and dozens of jobs to choose from.
  • We hold a Job Workshop on the last day of the course where local schools come to present their job openings.”

Visa Support:

No dedicated page to Visa Support, but had a quick mention on their list of  what you’re paying for:
“Guidance for Housing, Visa, and Trade License for Those Staying in Prague”

And from their FAQ page:

“If you want to live and work abroad, you’ll need a Visa depending on your citizenship and where you want to work. If you decide to stay in Prague we can provide you with information on how to get your visa. If you plan to stay in Prague, it is important to get this process started as soon as possible. …. After you apply and pay your course deposit, we’ll send you information on both the Working Visa and the Trade License so you can start the process right away if you plan to stay in Prague after the course”

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks, 120 hours, 8-10 teaching practice

“The teaching practice component during the TEFL course consists of 8 to 10 hours of teaching throughout the course, and gives you the opportunity to teach classes at a variety of levels. The classes are made up of friendly and motivated Czech students. Teaching practice takes place four afternoons a week and allows trainees to work cooperatively in a supportive atmosphere with valuable feedback and comments from your trainers at the end of each lesson.”

“All lessons are scored according to a marking grid focusing on key competencies, which are widely accepted as important considerations in deciding good teaching.

– Lesson planning and activities, time management, teaching language, classroom management, error correction, lesson materials.”

Graduate Resources:

Page of graduate profiles, some with contact info, lots to choose from. I’ve already contacted a few people from this particular course and received positive responses, but couldn’t hurt to ask a couple more!

Little things:

“Survival Czech Lessons, Free Wireless Connection at the school, Transportation from the Airport/Bus/Train Station to your Accommodation, Prague Survival Pack, Prague Orientation Tour, Settling in Assistance, Champagne Celebration on the Last Day of the Course, Access to our Comprehensive Library, Map of Prague”

CZECHLISTED!

Overall their website was well organized and informative, made picking up most of the information easy. Only points off was not having more information about Visa support/assistance, but the amount of information available on their alumni network and job assistance was very promising. About the same prices as the others, accredited, housing was reasonable – I’m definitely put this one in the pile of courses to consider.

Little Czech List – The Language House TEFL

Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “I’m Excited to say Maybe!”

Course Dates:

November 16 – December 11 2015

Prices:

1300 Euros ($1480 USD)

300 Euro Deposit ($340USD) – part of overall tuition, paid after application accepted

“If you sign up for a future course and secure your place within seven days of being accepted, you are eligible for the discounted month price of either 25 Euro or 125 Euro depending on the month. The further in advance you secure your deposit, the greater the discount. Ask us about current discounts, we might have specials going on”

Accommodation Prices:

Shared Apartment Two bedroom apartment with your own room.      *Shared Room in apartment €400
*€250
Private Apartment 1 person €650
(limited)
Private Apartment 2 people €750(limited)

Price For Me:

$1765USD (possible discount, see above)

Accommodation Details: 

15 minutes from the school (by tram), Furnished. No wifi??

Accreditation:

IATQuO (International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organizations)

Job Assistance:

“We are proud to say that we have a success rate of around 95 percent for our passing graduates in Prague and nearly 100 percent for Asia. The specific features that we offer in the area of ESL job assistance entail:

• Online graduate forums
• Partner ESL schools
• Worldwide recruiters
• Country Specific Information
• CV Preparation
• Guest Speakers
• Mock Interviews
• Graduate Network
• Letters of Recommendation
• Open House

Visa Support:

“Getting legal as non EU teacher is harder than it used to be in the past. We are completely on top of the situation and work directly with a visa assistance company, Easy Visa S.R.O., to make sure that all of our graduates have the ability to work and stay legally in the Czech Republic or abroad after their course.”

Course Hours/Details:

4 weeks, 130 hours (12-14 teaching practice)

“Main components of the course:

• Actual teaching practice with real students
• Teaching practice of a single student
• Acquisition of teaching methodology
• Language awareness
• Observation of experienced teachers
• Non TEFL related material
• Specific Categories of Learning

Actually having observed teaching with real students is the only way to improve in the classroom. For this reason we have doubled the industry standard of 6 hours of teaching practice to 12-14 hours.”

Graduate Resources:

Profiles with brief descriptions and contact information.

Little things:

“Airport pickup, 8 hours of survival Czech, tour of the city, arrival dinner and drinks, 24 hour course assistance, map of the city, complete access to all school facilities, internet pass or access at our school, a comprehensive teaching packet, an informational packet on Prague, closing ceremonies dinner party”

CZECHLISTED!

The website was well organized, informative, and had everything I’m looking for so far. I would want to find out if there’s wifi at the housing, what discounts I might be eligible for, and contact some graduates if I choose to consider this course. Lifetime job assistance is reassuring, and that they don’t appear to owned by a language school. Extra teaching practice hours is also really promising, and visa support as well! Most of all they were very professional and thorough, informative and realistic (no “job guarantees”). All in all, it’s far more promising than the last one and I’m considering it!

Little Czech List: Live TEFL Prague

Teaching English in Prague

Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Eh…”

Course Dates:

16 November 2015 – 11 December 2015

Prices:

1200 Euros ($1362USD)

Deposit: 300 Euros ($340USD, part of overall price, put down in advance)

Note to self: Possibly Investigate “Contact us for Early Bird Discount!”

Accommodation Prices:

Shared apartment Single room 350 Euros
Shared apartment with Kitchenette Single room 370 Euros
Private apartment Single occupancy 530 Euros
Private apartment Double occupancy 300 Euros

Price For Me (Tuition+Housing):

$1782 USD

Accommodation Details:

30 nights, Wifi, 15-20 min walk from school, Lightly furnished room and kitchen, self-service laundry. 3 Euros a day ($100USD for the whole month) will get you breakfast every day. Score?

Accreditation:

“There is no official international accreditation body for TEFL certificates. The main guarantee of quality is the standards and reputation of the organization that provides the certificate.”

Note: Kind of true, as far as I know – but there are still a lot of accreditation agencies out there. I don’t care for this!

Job Assistance:

Job Guarantee” – “We offer a six-month, full time contract with salary guarantee to all LiveTEFL trainees who finish their course with Pass 1 (95%+ score). Teaching in Prague for us at SPĚVÁČEK Languages, one of the biggest Czech language schools, will make an excellent start to your TEFL career. All trainees receiving Pass 2: I “good pass“ (score between 80-94%) are invited for a job interview with SPĚVÁČEK Languages.”

Note to Self: Research SPĚVÁČEK Languages. While a job guarantee sounds nice, I might prefer to work someplace else.(Later discovered: SPĚVÁČEK runs this program)

Job Guidance“:

“When you graduate you will be equipped with a video resume and a ready-made demo lesson showing the best of your teaching that you can use at any interview anywhere in the world. All successful graduates receive:

  • ESL job placement tips for Prague and the Czech Republic
  • ESL job placement tips for the international ESL market
  • Reference
  • Further personal development tips”

Note: Doesn’t seem very well-developed. Tips is kind of a vague word. And how useful is a “video resume”?

Visa Support:

“If you are from the USA, Canada or Australia, you can stay, travel and study for three months in the Schengen Zone without a visa. If you want to stay in Prague, the EU or the Schengen Zone for a longer period, let us know BEFORE the course and we will organize the paperwork for you. We will send you a list of the documents we need to get you through the process.”

Course Hours/Details:

4-weeks (120 sixty-minute sessions) of four basic theory modules and teaching practice:

Graduate Resources:

Some testimonials, no contact info there. Further research warranted.

Little things:

Ride from the airport, a map of Prague. After course assistance with finding housing in Prague. A study resources page – might want to look into this to see if it’s actually handy or not.

CZHECHLISTED!

Price is reasonable, housing seems okay – not so sure about the job assistance situation at SPĚVÁČEK. Further research warranted there. Visa support is very promising, but I imagine easier if they know exactly where you’ll be working. No mention of accreditation is worrying. If I consider this program I’ll definitely be digging deeper. But for now…

Overall, I give it a maybe if I can’t find something better.